Classes back in session for 2001-2002

For Hood River County School District, Tuesday was the first day of school for sixth graders, Hood River Valley High School freshmen, and new students. Wednesday is the first day back for all seventh and eighth graders and returning students in grades 10-12.

Horizon Christian School started on Tuesday, with 158 students. This is the inaugural year for the school, which formed over the summer with the merger of Shepherd of the Valley and Summit Christian schools. Horizon maintains two campuses, at Valley Christian Church and First Baptist Church. The school serves grades kindergarten through 12.

Mosier School: Students at Mosier, five miles west of Hood River in Wasco County, started class on Thursday. The expected enrollment this fall is 100 children.

The numbers:

Hood River County School District officials expect a slight increase over the first-day figures last year, which was 3,758. On June 13 there were 3,640 students registered.

New administrators:

Hood River Schools have three administrative changes for 2001-2002, besides the hiring of new superintendent Jerry Sessions. Two of the administrators are familiar faces in the district:

Prinicipal Chris Daniels leads Cascade Locks School, succeeding Bob Baldwin, who took the principal's job at Siuslaw High School in Florence. Daniels has taught math at Cascade Locks since 1992, in the middle and high school. Before that he taught in the Salem-Keizer and Willamina school districts. He earned his Master's degree in education from George Fox University in Newberg.

Cindy Schubert is the assistant principal at Hood River Middle School. She was hired as interim assistant principal during the 2000-2001 school year when Martha Capovilla moved to the high school assistant principal job. Schubert previously taught in the Summit Center at the high school.

Justin Christofferson is the new transportation supervisor, based at the bus barn in Odell. He succeeds Jim Eastman, who semi-retired in June. Eastman will manage the maintenance department this school year.

Please turn to page A9 for photos and biographies of the 16 new teachers in the Hood River County School District.

Contacting your school

Here are the schools and their phone numbers:

Cascade Locks -- 374-8467; Hood River Middle School -- 386-2114; Hood River Valley High School -- 386-4500; May Street Elementary School -- 386-2656; Mid Valley Elementary School -- 354-1691; Parkdale Elementary School -- 352-6255; Pine Grove Elementary School -- 386-4919; Westside Elementary School -- 386-1535; Wy'east Middle School -- 354-1548.

Meal prices:

Breakfast is now $1, a 25-cent increase over last year. (Prices had remained unchanged since 1998-99.)

Lunch prices have also gone up 25 cents. They now cost $1.50 for grades 1-5, $1.75 for grades 6-8, and $1.75 for grades 8-12. The adult lunch went up in price 75 cents, to $2.75.

Based on bids approved in May, the district will pay the following prices for food units this school year:

15-ounce French bread: 90 cents

Hamburger buns (package of 12): 80 cents

Half-pint two-percent milk: 19 cents

Foreign Exchange

Students from other countries are enrolled in Hood River County School District this fall.

Kai Mathar of Germany and Lina Lischka-Haydu of Germany will attend Cascade Locks School. Both are with Quest International.

Hood River Valley High School has four students registered:

Carina Coppers, Germany, Quest International;

Christiane Erkens, Germany through Quest International;

Felix Stroebel, Germany, through EF Foundation;

Erika Suzuki, Japan, Tsuruta Japan Sister City Program;

Suyuri Yomoguita, Mexico, Rotary International.

School Board schedule:

It is legal, and encouraged, to attend school board meetings. All meetings start at 7:30 p.m., at rotating locations around the district. For September through December, these are the locations:

Sept. 12 -- Hood River Middle School

Sept. 26 -- District Office

Oct. 10 -- Cascade Locks School

Oct. 24 -- District Office

Nov. 14 -- Mid-Valley Elementary

Dec. 12 -- Westside Elementary

Think snow:

In June, Norm Hand of Hood River donated to the district a $1,500 John Deere snow blower.

Safety and style:

Oregon Department of Transportation officials make the following suggestions about outfitting children for school:

Bikes and Helmets: make sure the helmet fits properly, and that the bicycle is the right size. How much has your son or daughter grown this summer?

One potential hazard is if your child carries a backpack and rides his or her bike. The load can make the child top-heavy, and liable to crash.

Clothing: Backpacks and bags with reflectors often cost a little more, but make a big difference in visibility on overcast fall days. Attachable reflector key tags or other accessories are available for purchase.

Shoes: Good shoes need not be expensive, and can make walking to school and other points more comfortable. Shoes with reflectors show up better in low-light conditions, and are an extra safety measure in case of an ill-timed fall by hurried feet.

Walk the Talk

Parents can do a lot to help their child succeed in school.

Setting the stage for school success is important in helping children become good learners, writes Karen Lytle Blaha of Northwest Regional Laboratory, a Portland non-profit institution supporting schools in the western United States.

Since "the job of the child is to learn,' parents can do the following to help them:

Show a sincere interest each day in what your child did in school.

Establish a daily family routine for meals, homework, family talk, chores, and bedtime.

Talk regularly with your child about positive values and personal traits such as respect for self and others, and hard work. Then walk the talk.

Use television wisely; limit viewing on school nights.

Read with your child, even if he or she is older; talk about the text and your thought processes as you read or heard it.

Stay in touch with your child's teachers, and ask how you can support learning.

Ask your child's teacher to show you examples of successful student work so you can know what your child's performance should look like.

Tell the principal or teacher if the family is experiencing any problems that might affect your child's learning.

For more information, go to: www.nwrel.org/pirc/hot.html

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